Autism: Nature or Nurture? New study: Environmental Factors nearly 2x as powerful as Genes.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jul 5, 2011
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In a way, this is good news: perhaps we as a culture and more importantly as individuals will begin to connect the dots between increasing rates of cancer, autism, birth problems…and our daily actions—oil, fracking, plastics, toxic household cleaners…

It’s a daily sadness that takes two lives—the caregiver must wrestle with the subject’s autism just as much as the autistic person him or herself. I grew up around an autistic young adult, Taggie, and his nervous, painful condition was a daily sadness for him, and for all those who loved him—particularly since you could see his wonderful intelligence struggling beneath the nervous condition that reduced his ability to communicate or think or function with pleasure, all to next to nothing.

A new study:

1% of the population in developed countries now suffers from autism—”which is marked by extreme social withdrawal, communication problems and repetitive behaviors.”

Now, what seems obvious has been confirmed: “autism rates appear to have increased far faster than our genes can evolve.” Click over to the NY Times for more.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


One Response to “Autism: Nature or Nurture? New study: Environmental Factors nearly 2x as powerful as Genes.”

  1. Jack says:

    Appreciate the vulnerable, caring, honest tone and information here Waylon. Thanks…Jack